“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” (Matt 25:35)


Bienvenu Shelter

“Welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating”
(Pope Francis)

Early Childhood Development

In addition to the primary programme providing Safe and Secure Accommodation we were also able to open a day-care facility and a pre-school from the ages of 4 to 6 years old

Bienvenu Shelter: 20 Years of Welcoming, Caring and Empowering

About the Shelter

Our history

The Scalabrinian Congregation was established in 1895 as a response to the large immigration influx from Europe to North and South America. Its founder, John Baptist Scalabrini was able to grasp in the social and religious needs of the migrants.

Our aim

Our missionary focus is to be migrants with the migrants and to be in mission with people on the move along with a special priority for the poorest and most vulnerable, safeguarding and promoting the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees, internally displaced people, seafarers, itinerants, and people on the move.

Latest News

Misereor’s visit

On Monday 20 November we were blessed again to welcome our dear Project Manager Southern Africa for MISEREOR, accompanied by a colleague from the CIE

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Thanksgiving Mass

Today, 25 October, it’s the 128th year Anniversary of the Scalabrinian Sisters Congregation foundation founded in 1895 in Piacenza, Italy, by Saint Scalabrini. Bienvenu Shelter

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Season of outdoor fun!

On October 12, 2023 Bienvenu Shelter and the Pastoral Care for Migrants & Refugees Department, Archdiocese of Johannesburg, had organized a picnic for all the

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